July 30, 2018
By Harriet Sherwood
Pope accepts resignation from Wilson, who is appealing against his conviction
The pope has accepted the resignation of Philip Wilson, the Catholic archbishop of Adelaide, after he was convicted of concealing child abuse, in a further sign of the Vatican’s struggle to keep on top of a wave of scandals.
Wilson in May became the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of not disclosing to police abuse by another priest. He failed to report to police the abuse of two altar boys by a paedophile priest in the 1970s.
The archbishop was sentenced to 12 months in prison on 3 July and ordered to serve a minimum of six months. He immediately launched an appeal against the conviction.
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